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Subject: Still new to this and have a question
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I had a used paperback book store for 5 years with 1000s of book.  Is there a particular place/shelf where I could somehow generate a list of titles and authors that people could see?  Then I could just list the books people wanted as they showed interest.



Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:24 PM ET
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Probably you're best bet would be to create a webpage somewhere, and then have a link in your signature line with something along the lines of "looking for something in particular, browse my books and if there is something you'd like PM me and I'll put it on my bookshelf for your to order!:

Or something to that effect.  A webpage doesn't have to be too extravagant, one of the free sites probably would do since lists of books would be basically text and not use too much bandwidth.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:28 PM ET
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I like Tammy's idea but this could get tricky.  Say you do what she has suggested and someone PMs you that they are interested in Book X.  So, you post Book X into the PBS system so the person can order it.  Well, if Book X is wishlisted by other members, it will automatically be offered to those wishers first. 

I guess what you could do is tell the member who wants Book X to add it to his/her wishlist and then you could post the book directly to their wishlist.  This would require a little bit of work and back-and-forth PMing but it could work if you have the patience to do it.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:39 PM ET
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You could list them all in the book bazaar, but I'm guessing you'd get bombarded with requests.  Is there a reason you don't want to just add them all to your shelf?  I know it would be time consuming, but it would probably be the easist way to handle/keep track of requests.

ETA - you could probably also list them in your profile as a notebook entry....

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Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:57 PM ET
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I'd look at the Top 50 requested list and if you have any of those start by posting those.  Then just start adding others as you have time.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:05 PM ET
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I would add them all in batches maybe 50 at time until I had them all listed. I wouldnt do more than 50 at a time though cause you may end up getting a bunch of requests.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:37 PM ET
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If you have an electonic file with all your ISBN's, you could automatically post them all at once. Go to the Help Center instructions on posting books and look at the information for posting multiple books and files of ISBN's.

ETA: Though IIRC someone last year almost crashed the site while uploading a huge file of books. It was far more than 1000, but something to consider if you want to upload electronically. You might want to parse the list into smaller chunks, if only to keep your bookshelf manageable. :)

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Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Deborah has many books!! Welcome!

Books are good, we are drooling for your many books!!

We are jealous much!!! HEHEHE

Seriously, welcome and enjoy. It is great here!!

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:51 PM ET
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If you don't have a list of them on your computer already that you can just import here-then I'd probably just start posting them as I had time.  Rather than log them into one website and then having to post them here as well.  But I'm not computer savvy.  I've seen people post links to their TBR pile that takes you to a book log website-mylibrary.com I think is the site. But you have to log them into that too don't you?  I think I would just start pulling out boxes of books and start posting them.  If they're WL, they'll show as WL right away.  For the non-WL books, you could always run deals on them-3 for 1, 4 for 1 or whatever you felt comfortable with.  Are you then going to sell all those credits to cover postage costs? 

It might be worth putting them on Ebay if you don't need credits. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:54 PM ET
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Mary L.

Bite your tongue, ebay!! Indeed!! The very idea....... She must swap them!!!

Just kidding!

Subject: Still new
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:18 AM ET
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Wow Lisa,  I had that same thought myself about the wishlist books.  Thanks to all for the wonderful suggestions.  I just wish I had more time and more computer savy.   I'm also on BookMooch with different books listed, don't want to get them cross-listed.  I pulled their top 500 list and converted it (with a lot of hard work) to an Excel file.  I don't see a way to do that on PBS.  Does anyone know a way?


Deborah - Too many books, too little time!!

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 1:00 PM ET
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Well-I prefer this to Ebay myself. I'm just thinking-w/1000's of books-that's a lot of credits and postage.  You could sell credits to cover postage costs.  But it might just less time consuming to list them in lrg bundles on Ebay.  Maybe group by genre.  It seems to me like it would take a lot of time to list them all here.  If you have a list of them already on your computer-you could contact PBS and ask how to import the whole thing.  But then you'll have to be prepared for mass amounts of orders when they all get posted unless they can import it to the TBR pile. Then you can just post the WL ones as you have time and postage money.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 3:52 PM ET
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There are actually two ways in which you can put the books onto PBS without posting them to your shelf to see ahead of time if they are WL'd or if there are already tons of copies posted of a title.

1) Sign up for the Book Journal, and import the list of ISBNs into a shelf created in your journal for ToBe Posted books, using the import feature with the ISBNs in a simple text file. Doesn't show you how many copies are listed, but does give you the green & red W to show if they are WL'd

2) Import them to your Reminder List, using the Import Bookmark feature at the bottom of the page, which will tell you at a glance how many copies are listed. You have to click the title to see if it is WL'd when there are 0 copies posted.

I can answer questions for both these methods if you need help. I also agree with the suggestion of importing only 50 at a time, no matter how or where you put them, because the system only shows 50 at a time on any of your lists, and you can then verify that the system is importing them with the correct binding. And that it didn't miss any ISBN that isn't in the system yet, and needs to be manually entered.

I have generally between 800-1100 books on my shelf, which is a bit shy of "several thousands" of books, but the procedure works good and while it will take a little longer than a one shot deal, it is better to keep your imports less than 1000 so that you are sure of your posts, and don't overload the system, since it isn't designed to handle that many posts at one shot! hahahaha  (I'm sure that the Bookmark import has a limit, but not sure of the Journals import feature.)

ETA: Ooooooohhh.... I just went to your profile, and found we are biblio-sisters!!! hahahaha I will love watching your bookshelf grow! Nothing better than Fantasy fiction! Take a peek at my notebook entries, you will see what I mean!

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Subject: A Suggestion
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 4:13 PM ET
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You might want to start off by seeing if you have books in a series and offer them at the Bazaar. For example, "I have Fantasy Series books 1-5 available for X amount of credits." This way, if someone takes you up on the offer, you would get credits immediately (ask to have credits buddied to you before you ship), you'd be paying postage once for the set of books, and you avoid having to add these books to your shelf. Just a thought.  :-)

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:30 PM ET
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Sherry - I love the Book Journal idea!  But if she imports them to her Reminder LIst, wouldn't they all end up on her WL when the the new WL changes happen??  That would be a pain!

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:06 AM ET
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Yes, Jeanne, you are right there. Just as I ended up with 1000+ on my bookshelf in the form of HOLD, my Books to Repost list got combined when I wasn't aware they were going to do the combination of those. Yeah, she'd want to keep an eye on them doing them with the RL so that she doesn't still have them on when we get the new WL. Which I hope is a while to come yet, since Robert won't be with us and they always have a lot of problems with newly implemented things like that  :(

So, Deborah, if you do use the RL suggestion I gave you, be sure not to leave too many on there for too long, or they will end up being on your Wishlist! hahahaha  I think items from your RL will be put on your WL as HOLD items, but not sure on that. Anyone know?

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:13 AM ET
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I'm pretty sure that's right, Sherry.